New line-up additions!

With just three weeks to go, the sun is firmly out, Port Eliot’s gardens are burgeoning and our 2018 programme is hotting up! The final cherries on this year’s line-up are English sculptor, jeweller and performance artist Andrew Logan, future food campaigner Philip Lymbery, musician and producer  Peter Asher, novelist Susie Boyt, disarmingly straight-up rapper Jimothy Lacoste, journalists Grace Dent and Miranda Sawyer and actress Emily Mortimer.

There’ll be river trips on a 22-foot open boat with round-the-world Bounty yachtsman Conrad Humphreys, the London African Gospel Choir will be raising the roof of The Church, and learn fiction and poetry writing in Arvon’s Creative Writing workshops (book here).

They’ll be joining the stars of our 2018 line-up: Robert Webb, Baxter Dury, Brett Anderson, Gaz Coombes, Gwenno, Boy Azooga, Lily Cole, Samantha Morton and TONS more…

See our shiny new interactive line-up poster, which can be sorted BY DAY or by theme.

The Story of the Round Room in Augmented Reality

This might be the best thing ever to grace our Round Room… get ready for a new pioneering Augmented Reality piece from Scott Fletcher which will bring Robert Lenkiewicz’s 360 ̊ masterpiece mural to life!

“A New Way Round” is a fascinating digital expression of the characters depicted in the enormous mural, which was completed over 30 years and encircles the entire room. Explore the mural and release 3D visuals with spatialised audio of conversations, quotes and comments. Made possible by Arts Council England and Plymouth University.

In a coup for our new area, the Cinematheque, actress, producer and screenwriter, Emily Mortimer will present the international premiere of new short film, One Cambodian Family Please for my Pleasure alongside its director, A.M. Lukas and producer, Lizzie Nastro.

Andrew Logan challenges convention and plays with artistic values. With flair and fantasy, he transforms real objects, bringing fauna, flora, planets and gods into his artistic world.

The music of Jimothy Lacoste has tinges of Mike Skinner and draws accidental parallels to fellow north London dance-grime-electro collective Man Like Me. he’ll be taking the Park Stage by storm on Friday of the festival.

Round-the-world yachtsman Conrad Humphreys will be taking festivalgoers out on the river Tiddy on the 23-foot open boat, Bounty’s End, that featured in the hit Channel 4 series Mutiny. We couldn’t be more excited about this fact.

Behold the grand Backlisted Podcast Port Eliot Residence! The greatly-loved, insightful podcast will be in residence for three days of chat. Special guests include Ben Moor, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Nina Stibbe, Simon Garfield and Billy Bragg.

Grace Dent is the Guardian’s restaurant critic, and a regular face on Masterchef. She will be chairing an In Conversation with leading restaurant names about the changing role of food criticism in a time of Twitter, Tripadvisor, Instagram influencers.